“It is only when you have children that you’re truly forced to give up looking only at yourself and start worrying about some other lives” Leonard Cohen


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It is only when you have children that you’re truly forced to give up looking only at yourself and start worrying about some other lives. If you attempt to respond to a child, you can never think of yourself in the same way again. You stop being the center of your drama, which becomes very secondary in light of your children’s needs, of their urgency. I understood right away that the trap had slammed shut (laughs)… There are many marvelous aspects of course; the beauty is indisputable. But the destruction of your self image is inevitable. There were many things that I didn’t like about myself. I was very selfish, I was only concerned with myself. I wouldn’t admit that other beings were legitimately worth my attention.quotedown2

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From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992). Photo contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen invokes Spinal Tap, describes himself as “the tiny Stonehenge of rock stardom”

Interviewer to Leonard Cohen: “Maybe you’re only cult size, but you’re still a ‘rock star'”

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You know that great scene in Spinal Tap where they get the scale of Stonehenge wrong? Well, you can legitimately call me a rock star, but it’s in that scaled down way—I’m like the tiny Stonehenge of rock stardom.quotedown2

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From Idol Chatter column by Brantley Bardin in Premiere magazine (June 2006). Note: Originally posted November 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The work that was in front of me was just to cultivate this tiny corner of the field that I thought I knew something about, which was something to do with self-investigation without self-indulgence.” Leonard Cohen

From ‘I’m blessed with a certain amnesia’ by Jian Ghomeshi (The Guardian: 9 July 2009). Photo by Paul. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Describes His Culinary & Musical Tastes


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I can only make simple dishes. I have two grown children and they had to get something to eat, so I learned to cook. But I don’t really care for it, in contrast to Anjani, who has a well-trained palate. Also, musically, I have a very, very simple taste.quotedown2

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From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo Photoshopped by me to illustrate What Leonard Cohen Taught Chef Nancy Hinton About Food. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I was suddenly taken seriously as a poet, when all I was really was a kind of stud – not a very successful one either” Leonard Cohen


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I must have looked extremely absurd because I wrote all my poems to ladies thinking that was the way to approach them. Anyway,  for some reason or other, I put them all together in a book and I was suddenly taken seriously as a poet, when all I was really was a kind of stud – not a very successful one either, because the successful ones don’t have to write poems to make girls.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Ray Connolly. Evening Standard, July 1968